Steve Ballmer speech at UW: “We’re all in” for cloud computing

Steve Ballmer speech at UW: "We're all in" for cloud computing (Seattle Times)

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer gave his first speech at the University of Washington on Thursday morning and said Microsoft is betting the company on cloud computing.

Cloud computing is being heralded as the next-generation shift that combines the Internet and computing so that software, content and data can be stored in remote servers run by other companies and accessed from computers, phones and TVs through the Internet. Many consumers are already using cloud applications such as iTunes, Web e-mail such as Hotmail, Flickr and Facebook.

Microsoft began selling cloud software and services Windows Azure and SQL Azure at the start of February.

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